Bryan Konietzko & Michael Dante DiMartino (creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra) and Gene Luen Yang (writer of the ATLA comics as well as Superman, American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and many more) speak on a panel moderated by novelist Leigh Bardugo where they will break down the components of mythic storytelling on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at noon. A book signing will follow at 1:00 PM. Present as part of the Yallwest book festival in Santa Monica, CA.
Santa Monica High School – Barnum Hall
601 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Donnie Wahlberg (Blue Bloods, The Sixth Sense) appears on Saturday April 11th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM!
A one-day, rain-or-shine, spectacular event at the new Boston Verizon Destination Store, with chances to win VIP access to meet Donnie Wahlberg and chances to win two tickets to a VIP Meet and Greet Cocktail Reception with Donnie (if you are 21 or over)! Donnie Wahlberg is making special appearances at the store between 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Arrive at the store by 3:30 if you want a chance to win a meet and greet.)
Many Verizon prizes and giveaways on hand, too!
Tickets and prizes are only distributed after attendees have completed a guided tour of the exciting new Boston Verizon Destination Store on April 11, 2015. Contest Winners VIP Meet and Greet Cocktail Reception with Donnie Wahlberg: approximately 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Attendees must indicate show ID for 21 years of age.)
745 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with music, food, beer and comic-book creators!
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY will be bigger than ever this year in North Hollywood, when Blastoff Comics and Knitting Factory Entertainment team up to present the first-ever BLASTOFF COMICSFEST! Taking place on May 2, 2015, at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood from 10 am to 4 pm, BLASTOFF COMICSFEST will be the place to be in Los Angeles for Free Comic Book Day, with comics creators from Marvel, DC, IDW Publishing, Image, BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse and more on hand to sign comics, provide free sketches and meet with comic-book fans young and old outdoors in the beautiful Southern California sun! With a beer garden, food stations, a live DJ, costumed hero photo ops, and of course, plenty of free comics! Plenty more details and announcements to come, so mark your calendars now!
SPECIAL GUESTS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR:
Joe Casey (MIAMI VICE: REMIX, SEX, THE BOUNCE)
Frank Gibson (CAPTURE CREATURES, ADVENTURE TIME, BEE AND PUPPYCAT)
Dana Gould (STAR TREK/PLANET OF THE APES, THE DANA GOULD HOUR)
Jim Krueger (JUSTICE, THE HIGH COST OF HAPPILY EVER AFTER)
Steve Niles (THE OCTOBER FACTION, MONSTER AND MADMAN, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT)
Valerie Perez (THE NERDIST, THE ADVENTURES OF PAULA PERIL)
Thomas Perkins (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES, BEN 10)
Kit Quinn (SWEETHEARTS OF THE GALAXY)
Mairghred Scott (TRANSFORMERS, WINDBLADE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY)
Todd Stashwick (12 MONKEYS, THE ORIGINALS, GOTHAM)
J.K. Woodward (CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER, STAR TREK/DOCTOR WHO)
More guests to be announced in the days to come!
The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
April 7, 2015 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Horror, Massachusetts, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
Boston Comic Con has added several guest comic creators, both returning friends and brand new additions, for the 2015 convention! Come meet them at the Seaport World Trade Center on July 31 – August 2. Joining us are:
- Nick Bradshaw: Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolverine and the X-Men
- Eric Canete: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin, Amazing Spider-Man, Tron: Legacy
- Phil Noto: Black Widow, Uncanny X-Force, Thunderbolts
- Dan Panosian: Conan/Red Sonja, G.I. Combat, X-Factor Forever
- Andrew C. Robinson: The Fifth Beatle, Justice League United, Hawkman
- Tim Sale: Captain America: White, Daredevil: Yellow, Batman: The Long Halloween
Previously announced guests include: Stan Lee, Hayley Atwell, Robin Lord Taylor, Eduardo Risso, Humberto Ramos, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tony Moore, Jason Latour, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Annie Wu, Franco Aureliani, J. Bone, Frank Brunner, Michael Cho, Jeff Dekal, Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer, Gerry Duggan, Mike Henderson, Mike Kunkel, John Layman, Stacey Lee, Laura Martin, Yanick Paquette, Jeff Parker, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joshua Williamson, Brian Azzarello, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Andy Belanger, Stephanie Buscema, CB Cebulski, Dave Johnson, Joe Prado, Amy Reeder, Stephane Roux, Don Rosa, Frank Tieri, and more!
*Please note Sean G. Murphy will not be appearing as previously announced. Boston Comic Con apologizes for the error and any confusion.
**Our condolences to the family and friends of Herb Trimpe on his untimely passing.
Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.
If you are coming in from out of town, the official Boston Comic Con hotel is the Seaport Hotel which is attached to the show venue (The Seaport World Trade Center).
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
April 7, 2015 by Joe Fauvel
Filed under Animation, Anime, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Cosplay, Florida, Gaming, Horror, Manga, Movies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sports, Television, Video Games, Webcomics
MegaCon is pleased to announce that professional wrestling icon Hulk Hogan will be taking part in a special event, Hulk Hogan: Uncut, moderated by the “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart. Get to hear behind the scenes stories from Hulk Hogan’s career and life on the road, with a special fan Q&A with Hulk Hogan.
This special 90 minute event, will take place on Saturday, April 11th in the Valencia Ballroom A-C from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. This is a Special Event, and requires a separate admission ticket to attend. MegaCon wristband required. No autographs will be given out at this event.
Don’t wait, tickets are limited and are on sale now. Visit MegaCon’s website to purchase.
Hulkamaniacs Package: LIMITED
Includes: (1) VIP Hulk Hogan Badge, Personal Meet and Greet with Hulk Hogan after the main event (Room Location TBD), (1) Personal Photo Op with Hulk Hogan with your own camera and VIP seating in the first (3) rows.
Champions Seating: Reserved Seating in Rows 4-6
Family Four-Pack: General Admission Seating
Writer Ben Acker, co-creator of THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR podcast, appears via Skype at Fantom Comics on Wednesday, April 15th at 7:00 pm to present BEYOND BELIEF #1!
2010 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Actor, stand-up comedian, and TV host Greg Proops of “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” visits the Strand on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 pm for the launch of his first-ever book, The Smartest Book In The World! Greg’s book is a hilarious, rapid-fire collection of pop culture trivia, ancient wisdom, and fantasy baseball teams. Don’t miss out on this Strand-exclusive chat!
Greg will be joined by actor, TV personality, and comedian John Fugelsang.
Buy a copy of The Smartest Book in the World or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at our store at 828 Broadway at 12th Street.
Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-4805
(at 12th St.)
Eugene Mirman, Jon Glaser, H. Jon Benjamin, Maeve Higgins, Dan Boulger, and more appear at the Shubert Theater on Friday April 17th at 8:00 PM as part of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival! Get tickets at the link!
Pretty Good Friends is a Brooklyn-based comedy collective created by long-time collaborators Eugene Mirman and Julie Smith Clem. Their eponymous standup comedy show is hosted by Eugene Mirman, and features his funniest and most talented friends. Pretty Good Friends has appeared at SF Sketchfest, SXSW, Just For Laughs and had its own 10-night run at the Soho Theater in London, as well as its own tour in the U.S. The show was named “New York’s Best Indie Comedy Night” by New York Magazine, who called it: “The best mix of format and talent for a comedy show… screwball stand-up, stories, skits, and short films.”
265 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
Writers Frank Tieri and David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis appear at Comic Book Jones on Wednesday April 22nd from 5:00 – 9:00 PM for a CONVERGENCE signing!
Comic Book Jones
2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303-1700
Voice actor Rob Paulsen welcomes Jim Cummings, Chuck McCann, Tad Stones, Corey Burton, and Peter Renaday to the Talkin’ Toons podcast on Tuesday April 7, 2015 at 8pm!
The world-famous Hollywood Improv is proud to invite you to join Emmy and Annie award winner Rob Paulsen as he talks about his experiences in voice acting!
About Rob Paulsen:
Born in Detroit, Rob Paulsen spent his childhood in Livonia and Rochester, attending Junior and Senior high school in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Rob loved cartoons like most kids but aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, thanks to some big, strong, kid from Winnipeg who drilled me so hard my ears are still ringing, I learned around age 18 I had neither the talent nor the temperament to make a living playing hockey. So, I turned to my other passions: singing and acting.”
The goal of bringing absolute believability to a fictional character, live-action or animated, is what every actor strives for. Those who are committed to their career and who combine experience, passion and skill are likely to succeed.
Those gifted with exceptional talent who focus on maximizing their potential by finding their own niche, quickly break away from the pack. After years of honing their craft and consistently delivering memorable performances in which the character impacts an indelible image on the viewer, the public and the industry take notice, singling out the best.
“I’m getting paid to do what I got in trouble for in the 7th grade,” jests Rob, who won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for Pinky and The Brain (Warner Bros.) Though nominated twice previously, the victory was especially sweet due to some formidable competition – fellow nominees Louie Anderson, Ernest Borgnine, Dennis Franz and Jeffery Tambor. In addition to his Emmy, Rob won back-to-back Annie Awards in 1997 and 1998. “I absolutely love what I do and thank my lucky stars for twenty-five years of full-time employment in this business,” he says.
“It’s a treat to portray a complex character,” Rob explains about Pinky, a goof-ball mouse with funny teeth, a head filled with clouds and an inane imagination that is punctuated with a staccato laugh. “Besides … where else could I find a job where emotional outbursts and odd exclamations like ‘Egad!,’ ‘Narf!,’ ‘Poit!,’ ‘Splonk!,’ and ‘Zort!’ are allowed and in fact, encouraged?” With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Pinky and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff in the Peabody and two-time Emmy award-winning series “Animaniacs.”
Some of Rob’s other well-known animated characters include Raphael of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Arthur in “The Tick,” the title role in “The Mask” (for a WHOLE lot less dough than Mr. Carrey, thank you), the title role in “Mighty Max,” Carl Wheezer in “Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius,” Jack Fenton in “Danny Phantom,” Bobble in the “Tinkerbell” series of DVDs and hopefully more to come.
Paulsen’s extensive credits include on-camera roles in numerous motion pictures including Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match, and Warlocked. His television acting credits include guest-starring roles on MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Additionally, he is one of the most sought-after voice actors in the commercial arena, performing in over 1000 commercial spots.
As passionate about “paying it forward” as he is about his lucrative career, Rob supports various charitable organizations, particularly those benefiting children and military veterans. Rob’s volunteer work with GOALmodels has been particularly rewarding. GOALmodels, a high school program in Reseda, California, is designed to inspire 9th graders to set goals and overcome obstacles in life. Blending his life experiences with passion for his work, his presentations are informative, entertaining and inspiring. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys golf, riding his motorcycle and occasionally lacing up his skates for another chance to relive his past glory on the rink. He spends the majority of his free time with his wife, Parrish, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Pooshie and Tala.
8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048